|Illusion of Freedom|
I came to believe over time that what we had in America (despite the limitations) was still a pretty good deal. I could still do a lot of things that I wanted to do.
However, in the last 10 years or so, I have been observing more and more encroachments on freedoms. These encroachments appear more and more common in our daily lives. In listening to the government, their reasoning many times is, it's for our own good, or some version of that. (there's a surprise) If you consider everything from the TSA's pat down policies, the fact that where you live determines if you can purchase a gun or not, the increase in police powers regarding search and seizure, the increased use of Eminent Domain, the use of Social Security Numbers as a form of Identification, the denial of permits to law abiding citizens for everything from guns to assembly requests or, just about everything in between, one can realize the overall significance (and increasing nature) of these encroachments.
I realize I'm preaching to the choir regarding how much the government has infiltrated our daily lives and has taken over duties that in the past were performed by parents or dealt with within the family but, it is, in my opinion, worth being reminded, in order to stay vigilant regarding this troubling trend. Much of this can slip by us without resistance because of the slow progression of it and the fact that much of it goes on without any notification. We don't become aware of it until it affects us directly, and of course, by then, it is much too late. It's like being eaten by ants except, it's by one ant at a time.
It's proven to me that limited government is useful and can be a great partner in a free republic but, just as that is so, massive government bureaucracies and interference, can be deadly. Sadly, when you have a large portion of the population that thrives on this bloat and largess, and who don't want it to end, because they benefit from it, we have the turmoil that we see around us today. How we deal with this in the near term will have an unprecedented impact on America's future and whether or not we have one.